TASMANIAN students involved in an innovative new leadership program have been formally recognised at a community graduation celebration held earlier this month.
The ‘Future Leaders All Abilities’ program has seen year six to 12 students from Tasmanian schools work alongside students from the state’s largest special needs education facility, Southern Support School.
Young Leaders of Tasmania founding director and chief executive officer Keren Franks said the graduation event, held at Southern Support School in Howrah, was a “wonderful achievement” for all students involved.
“We are very proud of this program and its very positive impact,” she said.
“It is quite appropriate that we celebrate this program of diversity and inclusion on International Day of People with Disability.
“A day to celebrate the difference and the positive impact people with disability can bring to the community.
“This program is changing perceptions and creating awareness.”
As part of the program, students undertook core activities throughout the course of the school year including building relationships, setting goals, evaluating and reflecting on leadership and sharing their experiences.
This year has seen the program expand to the north west of Tasmania thanks to funding from the Tasmanian Government.
Ms Franks said Young Leaders of Tasmania was about giving Tasmanian youth the best opportunities for personal growth within a safe and structured program.
“We have been thrilled to witness firsthand the positive impact upon the lives of everyone involved,” she said.
“This is very much a partnership of schools, family, government, councils and the broader community.
“We are excited about the future and look forward to supporting our young fellow Tasmanians to be the very best they can be.”
Caption: Graduates from the 2018 Future Leaders All Abilities program with guests.